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Winter on the Oregon Coast: Wildlife, Scenery, Storm Watching, and Lighthouses

Program Number: 8238RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/19/2014 - 1/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Yachats, Oregon
Price starting at: $787.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the rugged beauty of the central Oregon coast in the winter, when Mother Nature pounds the coast with thrilling surf and lashing winds. Discover three lighthouses on the Oregon coast, historic structures that are all the more important in the winter weather, and hear their legends and stories. Learn about Oregon’s wildlife on cliffs high above the great Pacific and in temperate rain forests.


• Observe seals, sea lions and seabirds, and visit the spectacular Oregon Coast Aquarium.
• Enjoy a fantastic seven-course gourmet breakfast served at Heceta Head Lighthouse Keeper’s House.
• Experience the dynamics of ocean and weather from the comfortable vantage point of your resort’s large windows overlooking the surf.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day on gravel pathways with gentle slopes. Optional additional walks to lighthouses.

Coordinated by Coastal Journeys Unlimited.


The small village of Yachats on the central Oregon coast is an amazing place to explore tidal pools, hike temperate rainforests, view whale migrations or sample local cuisine. Additional outdoor activities and coastal ambiance abound in the nearby recreation area of Cape Perpetua, the Oregon coast's highest point.

Oceanfront resort with spectacular views from rooms, indoor pool and spa.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Adobe Resort
  Yachats, Oregon 5 nights
 The Adobe Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Located on rocky intertidal area on the Pacific Ocean; each room has spectacular ocean views; beachcombing, agate hunting and tidepooling directly in front of hotel; ocean-side dining.
  Contact info: 1555 Highway 101
Yachats, OR 97498 USA
phone: 180-052-2362 x3or15415473141
  Room amenities: Microwave and refrigerators; some rooms have woodstoves or fireplaces. All Road Scholar rooms have spectacular ocean view
  Facility amenities: Lounge at resort, new pool and spa, exercise rooms; beautiful lodging with microwaves and refrigerators in every room.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Must call hotel for price. Participant will get a stay-over "group" rate, not Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Must call hotel for price. Participant will get a stay-over "group" rate, not Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4 PM check-in. You will be staying at The Adobe Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Noon check-out. You will be staying at The Adobe Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Yachats, Oregon
  Nearest city or town:  Florence, OR
  Nearest highway: US Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Eugene, OR
  From End of Program
  Location: Yachats, Oregon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 180-074-1509 x7
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


please call vendor as price varies depending on number of passengers
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1-2 hours 




100 miles


Omnishuttle is a commercial van/shuttle that does trips on demand, not on a regular schedule. Therefore, you must make arrangements ahead of time. If you are traveling with another/others, be sure to make reservations at the same time to take advantage of lower fares.




From Airport




None - Car Required
Rental Car Agencies
phone: Var-ies-
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Varies. Contact rental car agencies for rates.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


From Portland International Airport: 3 hours. 




150 miles


Yachats is a hidden gem on the coast because it is not easy to reach. Most participants choose to rent a car and drive to the coast. Car rental rates vary wildly, so shop around for the best value.

Driving Directions
  from Portland or Eugene on 1-5 From Portland, take 1-5 south to Eugene, take Beltline Hwy West towards Florence exit 195B. Turn right on W. 11th Av and follow west where it becomes HWY 126 West. The coastal town of Florence is about 50 miles west where you turn right(north) on Hwy 101 and drive approx. 25 miles to Yachats. The Adobe Resort is on the ocean side (left) about one mile north of town
Elevation Note: highest trail is 800' elevation

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to Yachats! Get oriented and meet your fellow adventurers.
(Sunday, January 19)
 Arrive To: Check in at the resort's front desk beginning at 3 p.m. Orientation and introductions will take place at 5 p.m. in the Cape Perpetua Room.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6 pm in Pacific Room, at the Adobe Resort
 Evening: Relax and enjoy the crashing surf outside your room.
Accommodations: The Adobe Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oregon's Historic Lighthouses lecture, Oregon Coast Geology lecture, and field excursion to Cape Perpetua.
(Monday, January 20)
 Breakfast: Plated breakfast served in the Pacific Room at the hotel; usually variety of eggs, fresh fruit, meat, and breads
 Morning: Discover the ground beneath your feet in a fast-paced lecture on Oregon's coastal geology. From plate tectonics to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, you will learn how the coast has and still is a place of dynamic forces. Then, learn about the amazing construction and operation of the coast's iconic lighthouses in a lecture by a coastal historian and former Bureau of Land Management ranger who worked at one of the coast's beacons. This is a fun opportunity to meet the colorful characters who work diligently to keep the coast safe for navigation.
 Lunch: Plated lunch in Pacific Room at hotel; sandwich, soup, salad or pasta dish
 Afternoon: Following lunch, travel to the top of Cape Perpetua for an eagle's view of the coast. A short, (1/4 mile) hike atop the cape will bring you face-to-face with the area's winter wildlife, flora, and geology.
 Dinner: Plated meal at hotel Pacific Room overlooking the ocean
 Evening: Get to know the creatures and plants that call the coast home. This jam-packed slideshow will highlight the area's incredibly diverse collection of birds, mammals, fish, trees, wildflowers, and intertidal creatures.
Accommodations: The Adobe Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Off to Newport! Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and a lecture by a National Weather Service meteorologist.
(Tuesday, January 21)
 Breakfast: Plated meal in Pacific Room at hotel
 Morning: This is a chance to hear 'the real deal' about the hazards and rewards of commercial fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Our presenter will share some of his experience commercial fishing in waters from northern California to Bering Sea Alaska. He will discuss the current state of fisheries, particularly salmon and Dungeness crab. Next, we head on a field excursion to Newport, home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Explore the amazing collection of exhibits and habitats of the facility and meet sea otters, seals, sea lions, an octopus, sharks, puffins, oyster catchers, sea stars, jellies, rays, vultures, and countless other marine creatures.
 Lunch: Lunch is at local restaurant: probably Izzy's, which has a large varied buffet so participants can pick their own options or lunch
 Afternoon: Climb, if you choose, the coast's tallest lighthouse and learn from interpreters what it was like to keep the beacon lit. Scan the offshore rocks for seals, sea lions, and sea birds. At the interpretive center, learn about the history of Yaquina Head.
 Dinner: Plated meal at hotel Pacific Room overlooking the ocean.
 Evening: A National Weather Service Meteorologist will present the wild history of Oregon's dynamic weather. Hurricane-force winds are common along the coast and tree-snapping storms occur each winter. Learn how forecasters watch for these storms and warn coastal residents of hazardous conditions.
Accommodations: The Adobe Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 7-course breakfast at a lighthouse keeper's house, Heceta Head Lighthouse, free time to explore the area, and an exciting and informative lecture about Northwest commercial fisheries.
(Wednesday, January 22)
 Breakfast: Sip locally-roasted coffee as a chef prepares your 7-course breakfast in the historic lighthouse keeper's house at Heceta Head. Between courses explore the old home filled with antiques and photos of the lighthouse in its heyday. You will never forget this breakfast!
 Morning: Following our decadent breakfast, stroll up the trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse and take a close look at the most-photographed lighthouse anywhere. Scan the ocean below for sea lions and whales. The walk to the lighthouse is about 1/2 mile.
 Lunch: A light lunch will be served at the Adobe Resort
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon
 Dinner: Plated dinner at the Adobe Hotel
 Evening: A discussion regarding local weather and global climate change with a meteorologist/ climatologist anxious to explain and answer any questions you may have on this hot topic.
Accommodations: The Adobe Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Historic trail hike, Newport's historic bayfront, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and Hatfield Marine Science Center.
(Thursday, January 23)
 Breakfast: Plated breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Your hotel sits atop land that has been home to people for thousands of years. Walk in their footsteps along the historic trail along the rocks and coves of Yachats. Learn about the geology and natural history of the area and keep an eye out for sea birds, whales, sea lions, and other locals. Walk is less than 2 miles over good, level path.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Field Trip to Newport: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse State Park, self-guided tour of lightkeeper's house; Then on to Newport Old Town and Bayfront; Fishing Boats, Sea Lions on docks; lots of wildlife up close. Also, a stop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center where the cutting edge research of the 400 scientists who work at this complex is showcased in great hands-on exhibits. Some displays are interactive, some are aquaria, all are fascinating to see.
 Dinner: Plated dinner at the Adobe Hotel
 Evening: Wrap up your week with a friendly celebration.
Accommodations: The Adobe Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Have a safe trip home!
(Friday, January 24)
 Depart From: Check-out of hotel at noon
 Breakfast: Plated breakfast at hotel
 Morning: You are free to depart following breakfast. Travel safe!
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges

Author: Judy Fleagle & Richard Knox Smith

Description: The smattering of bridges along Oregon's Coastal Highway 101 are treasures of architecture and coastal history. The man behind the design and construction of the bridges was Conde McCullough and this book gives bridge lover's plenty of information on each of the coast's iconic bridges.

Lighthouses and Life-saving on the Oregon Coast

Author: David Pinyerd

Description: On of the captivating Images of America series of books, this little book is packed with historic photographs and a wealth of information about the coast's iconic beacons. A great read.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Author: Jim Pojar & Andy MacKinnon

Description: This is the Bible of Northwest Coast flora. If you are interested in the trees, wildflowers, and other plants of the Oregon Coast, this is the only book that has them all. We carry this book with us in the field and refer to it often.

Sibley Field Guide to Birds, Western North America

Author: David Allen Sibley

Description: When it comes to the many birds that frequent the Oregon Coast, no guidebook is more complete than Sibley's little handbook. With wonderful illustrations and plenty of information, this is the birdwatcher's bible on the coast.

The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest

Author: J. Duane Sept

Description: Possibly the most concise guide to the myriad of intertidal zone creatures you may encounter on the Oregon Coast. It's not exhaustive, but it is pocket-sized and complete enough to help you identify and appreciate the creatures of the shoreline.

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